Selfie sticks are all the rage right now—people all around the world are ignoring how utterly stupid they look in favor of flattering grainy phone self-portraits. Is it time for you to take the plunge and buy an extendable rod that will get you in trouble at major theme parks? Of course it is.
But before you pick up a random selfie stick from Craigslist or the dollar store, let’s take a look at a few different selfie sticks and how they measure up against each other. There are a few different things to look out for when you’re buying a selfie stick, including length (when folded and extended), type of shutter (Bluetooth or wired), overall sturdiness, and clamp size and strength. If you fail to do your research before you buy a selfie stick, you could end up with a stick that’s only a few inches longer than your arm, or that has Bluetooth and a battery that only lasts five pictures.